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Pieta House to benefit from staging of One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest

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Nicholas Naoise O'Beirn in rehearsals for One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest in which he plays Chief Bromden.

A new amateur theatre company in Galway City has joined forces with the suicide-prevention charity, Pieta House West to stage the cult classic, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, at An Taibhdhearc this week.

Amigo Productions was created in February of this year by Paul Hughes and a group of like-minded theatre friends. Their aim was to set up a production company in Galway City to nurture burgeoning talent.

Amigo is now presenting one of the most poignant dramas of the 20th century, Ken Kesey’s One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest at the city’s at An Taibhdhearc – it’s running until this Saturday, November 12.

Chairman of Amigo Paul Hughes, who also directs the play, had read Ken Kesey’s book many years ago and fell in love with it. It’s best known for Milos Forman’s 1975 film adaptation which starred Jack Nicholson as McMurphy.

It was also adapted for stage, but despite being involved in amateur theatre for many years, Paul had never seen it produced.

HIs reason for choosing Pieta House West as the beneficiary of this production relates to a personal tragedy as Paul lost a close cousin to suicide. As a result, the work that Pieta House West is doing to raise awareness of issues around suicide, really struck a chord with him, as this is a tragedy that’s becoming more prevalent in our society, he says.

One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest is set in a mental health asylum in the 1960s, and gives an insight into a world of brutal institutionalisation, stigma, self-harm and, ultimately, suicide. That’s why it makes a perfect fit for Pieta House, which is Ireland’s first community based centre for the intervention and prevention of self-harm and suicide, according to Paul.

Amigo committee members Nicky Lawless, Roisin Egenton, Chontelle Kenny, Iva Grillo, Michelle Lyons, Gail O’Dowd Maher, John Keane and Kevin Murphy have worked very hard to get this production to the stage.

The cast are phenomenally talented, says Paul, adding that’s it’s shaping up to be a magnificent production.

One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest will be staged in An Taibhdhearc, nightly at 8pm, at this Saturday. Tickets are €20/15 at an taibhdhearc.com or by phone at 091-563600.

All proceeds from this production will be donated to Pieta House West.

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Branar adapt Rockin’ Rhymes for classroom setting

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Branar adapt Rockin’ Rhymes for classroom setting

Rockin’ Rhymes, the hit musical from Galway theatre company, Branar, was due to be revived for a tour of Irish schools this autumn. However, that can’t happen now.

Instead, it’s getting a new outing as a multi-platform show that’s being made available to schools throughout Galway, Mayo and Limerick

Branar has joined forces with The Linenhall Arts Centre in Castlebar and Limerick’s Lime Tree Theatre to create Rockin’ the Classroom, a project that’s designed for children from Junior Infants to Second Class.

Performed by a band of five musicians, this is a rock-n-roll adventure, featuring well-loved nursery rhymes which Branar has reimagined in funk, pop and rock stylings.

The show offers children and teachers an opportunity to explore these classic rhymes in a fresh context, while they learn about making music.

The project hopes to inspire children to create their own rocking rhymes, explains Marc Mac Lochlainn of Branar, who adds “we really miss performing for children”.

For more, read this week’s Galway City Tribune.

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Covid caution pays off for Arts Festival

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Plans to site the Mirror Pavilion to Derrigimlagh Bog outside Clifden have now been deferred until March 2021.

The Mirror Pavilion art installation which was visited by over 120,000 people when it was displayed at the Claddagh during Galway International Arts Festival’s autumn programme will not be moving out to a Connemara location this month, despite earlier plans that it would.

The striking structure by world-renowned artist, John Gerrard, was due to be located at Derrigimlagh Bog outside Clifden in October but that plan has now been shelved until March, due to current Covid 19 restrictions.

The shiny cube which depicts an image on an LED wall 24 hours a day was a popular attraction while it was exhibited at Claddagh Quay last month. Images of it were circulated around the world, mostly on various social media platforms.

It was dismantled after September 26 and was due to move to Connemara, to the site where Alcock and Brown completed the first trans-Atlantic flight in 1919 and also the transmission site for the first trans-Atlantic radio signal from the Marconi station in 1907.

The installation, which was commissioned especially for Galway’s European Capital of Culture 2020 programme, was to be situated in Connemara for most of this month.

However, the Artistic Director of GIAF, Paul Fahy, told The Connacht Tribune that, some weeks ago, the Festival organisers had discussed the possibility of postponing it because of rising Covid-19 cases at home and abroad

“There was no point in going ahead with the Connemara installation in light of us going into Level 3, when the country’s population was in lockdown and couldn’t come into the county to see it, not to mention travel restrictions on other countries stopping them coming to Ireland,” he said.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Away with the Fairies – a spooky Halloween treat

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In recent years, Halloween in Ireland has become all about the imported American tradition of Trick or Treat – which may have, in a simpler form, originated in this country, according to experts.

But with Tricking and Treating off the menu for this year, it might be time to return to more traditional Irish traditions.

There’s no better place to start with fairy and ghost stories and these can be found in abundance in the latest book from city historian, William Henry.

Away with the Fairies, which is now in the shops, contains some 50 stories and tales gathered from across Galway, City and County, that have entertained countless generations.

“Ireland really is the heart of a supernatural tradition and some of its most famous manifestations include the Banshee, Cóiste Bodhar, Pooka, Leprechaun and the Fairies,” explains William.

“The stories and beliefs surrounding these characters formed part of everyday life for people long ago,” he adds. And it wasn’t so long ago either.

Introducing the stories, Mike Glynn, former editor of the Galway City Tribune, points out that in an era before rural electrification, “the sounds and movements of the night were truly frightening when there were only candles and crude lamps to cast limited light”.

Rural electrification only happened in the mid-20th century, which in the broad scope of history, is merely the blink of an eye.

William opens the book by introducing the reader to Ireland’s main fairy characters and this sets the scene for the extraordinary tales that follow.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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